What is Juntos:
Juntos (pronounced “Who-n-toes”) means “Together” in Spanish and works to unite community partners to provide Latino 8-12th grade students and their parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to prevent youth from dropping out and to encourage families to work together to gain access to college. Research shows that Latino youth are at greatest risk for dropping out of school between the 9th and 10th grades. The Juntos Program reduces this risk by bringing together cohorts of 8th grade youth to support each other for 3-5 years as they enter high school and prepare together for higher education. The multifaceted partnerships between Extension’s 4-H and FCS agents, school and college administrators and staff, and other community volunteers are what makes the Juntos Program a sustainable success in many communities across the US.
Our Five Components:
The Juntos Program is an intensive long-term program made up of five components:
First, youth meet biweekly (or once a week) during school hours with a one-on-one Success Coach who helps them remediate academic deficiencies, learn study habits, and work towards their academic and personal goals.
Second, youth and families come together for 6 consecutive weeks for the Juntos Family Workshop Series and then continue to meet monthly to make college a realistic family goal.
Third, youth participate in afterschool 4-H Club meetings held twice a month focusing on academic success, public speaking, life skills, and videography.
Fourth, Juntos youth take part in quarterly field trips to colleges and other Juntos events like theJuntos Summer Academy. The Juntos Summer Academy is a week-long experience at a local University where youth participate in special university classes, college student panels, STEM activities, and leadership training.
Fifth, tenth and eleventh grade youth engage in a synchronous video Online College Preparation Course taught by university professors to help them develop writing and critical thinking skills, knowledge about careers and specific colleges, and prepare for entrance exams, college applications, scholarships, and financial aid.